Crystal Palace man Jeffrey Schlupp might be Patrick Vieira’s favourite cook but knows not to get on his bad side.
His battles with ex-United skipper Roy Keane are tales of Premier League folklore and there is no doubt that Vieira will be desperate to stop Erik ten Hag’s side, who are in fine form.
But the 46-year-old is not all hard work and no play and showed his softer side on a warm-weather training camp with the Palace stars over the World Cup – which included a kebab-cooking competition.
Midfielder Schlupp opened up over the experience and insisted he won – despite appearing not to know what doneness his kebab was.
Speaking on talkSPORT, host Laura Woods asked: “I read somewhere that you, Wilfried [Zaha] and Eberechi [Eze], you all cooked for your manager during the World Cup. What did you cook?”
Schlupp replied: “Yeah, we were on a warm-weather training tour in Turkey. It was just a bit of banter and stuff and we all cooked shish kebabs for the gaffer.
“He had to judge it at the end of it and choose his favourite one.”
Woods asked which one was his favourite, to which Schlupp replied: “I am pretty sure it was me, I’ll be honest.
“Like a lamb shish I cooked, medium well. Think he enjoyed it, to be fair.”
Woods interjected: “Medium well?”
Schlupp said: “Don’t know! He looked like he enjoyed it anyway!”
Palace have suffered in recent weeks and have won just once in their last seven matches while United have won every match since the World Cup concluded.
But Schlupp has admitted that the squad is revved up to face the Red Devils because of Vieira’s past, though the Gunners legend has not had to bring it up.
The 30-year-old said: “I think everyone knows [that Vieira does not like United]. Everyone knows the history, obviously with him being an Arsenal captain at the time.
“Everyone knows, he doesn’t even need to say anything. It gives us that extra edge.”